Places

 

VISITING PLACES IN AND AROUND VADODARA

 

Vadodara Museum:

 

Considered as one of the most famous museums of the country it was built in 1894. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and Constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum.

 

Vrindavan Gardens,Ajwa:

 

Situated at a distance of 23 kms. from Vadodara Ajwa is an ideal place for weekend picnic. Sayaji Sarovar, which has been a major source of water supply for Vadodara is situated here. Spending a few minutes by the side of the lake is a matter of experience. The Municipal Corporation has prepared a beautiful garden by the side of the Ajwa Sarovar which resembles with the famous Vrindavan Gardens of Mysore.

 

E.M.E.Temple:

 

Situated in the cantonment near Fatehgunj is the beautiful Shiva temple. Managed and maintained by the "Jawans" of E.M.E., this temple is made of aluminium and some alloys. Unlike all other temples, this beautiful Shiva temple is made of aluminium and it is a place of religious harmony. A cultural centre has also been developed by the E.M.E. around the temple here with good sculptures of Gujarat, pavilions etc.

 

Kirti Mandir:

 

Kirti Mandir is situated on the north of the statue of Prince Fatehsinhrao

Gaekwad near the Vishwamitri Bridge. With a cluster of Shiva temples it was built to commemorate the cremation of the members of the Gaekwad family. This “E” shaped large magnificent stone building is with domes, terraces, balconies and central shikhara rising to about 33 metres. According to Sayajirao Gaekwad it was built to commemorate the benefactors of his state irrespective of their race, caste or creed. Built by Maharaja Sayajirao at the cost of Rs.50,000, it preserves in its various rooms the statues and photographs of the members of the royal family. The interior of this elegant structure is marble finished and on the walls of the central hall are the murals- Gangavataran, battle of Mahabharat, Life of Meera and Natir Pooja-executed by the famous Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. It can be visited by everybody between 9 & 12 in the morning and 2.30 & 5.30 in the evening.

 

 

Sayaji Baug:

 

Sprawls over 113 acres of land, Sayaji Baug also known as Kamati Baug is a well-known park located on the River Vishwamitri at a distance of 2kms from the city. Built in 1879 by Maharaja Sayajirao III, the garden houses a Zoo, Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, the Museum of Health and Hygiene and the Sardar Patel Planetarium. The major attraction is the floral clock, situated at the centre of the garden and is the first of its kind in Gujarat. The clock consists of an hour, minute and seconds hand that move on the 20 feet diameter dial and its machinery is fixed under the lawn, giving it a natural look. Sayaji Baug, decorated with sculptures placed on pedestals, is an ideal place to rest and relax with well-maintained lawns and fountains. Around 98 species of trees can be seen here. Another attraction of the park is the toy train which was a gift from the royal Gaekwad family. The train that runs on a small track of 10 inch width covering a distance of 3.5 km offers a joyful trip to the children below 12 years of age. The train doesn’t operate on Thursdays.

 

Khanderao Market, Vadodara

 

Khanderao Market is a palatial building erected by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the year 1906 which was later gifted to the Municipality to mark the Silver Jubilee of his administration. The architecture of the main entrance looks like that of the gate of Dabhoi Fort. The building houses many offices including the office of the Baroda Municipal Corporation. Nearby the Khanderao Market, a fresh vegetable and flower market is also located.

 

Khanderao Market, Vadodara is known to house various offices. Among the offices located in the market are the Baroda Municipal Offices. One can come across a vegetable market near Khanderao Market in Vadodara. The vegetable market is known to sell vegetables in retail, as well as wholesale.

  

Dakor Temple

 

Dakor is situated in the Kheda district of Gujarat State. Earlier Dakor was known as Dankapur, famous for the Danknath temple of Lord Shiva. In 1722 AD Ranchhodrajji temple of Lord Krishna was built and then Dakor became famous pilgrimage place. 
Dakor is famous for Ranchhorji temple of Lord Krishna. Ranchhor is the name given to Lord Krishna when he fled from the battlefield in Mathura while fighting against Jarasandha
The divinity of Ranchhorji is similar to the divinity of Dwarkadheesh in Dwarka, both being made from black stone. Devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the Deity. 
Temple is open from 6 am to 12 noon and then reopens at 4:00 PM till 7:00 PM. Mangala-arati is held every morning at 6:45 am. Ranchhorji is dressed and decorated in public. In the morning aartis are performed with Mangalabhog, Balbhog, Sringarbhog, Gwalbhog and Rajbhog. In the afternoon aartis are performed with Usthapanbhog, Shayanbhog and Shakhdibhog
Every year lakhs of people visit Dakor especially on every full moon day. The main festivals at Dakor are held on the Kartik, Falgun, Chaitra and Ashwin Purnimas. In the festivals more than one lakh of people visit the temple.


How to Reach Dakor :

By Air :

Nearest Airport is in Ahmedabad.

By Rail :

Dakor is on Anand- Godhra broad-gauge railway line.

By Road :

State Transport and Luxury buses are available from Ahmedabad and Vadodara.

 

Pavagadh Temple

 

Pavagadh is one of the major attractions for pilgrims and tourists. Pavagadh is mountain about 46 kms from Vadodara and 190 kms from Ahmedabad. It is situated in the Halol, Panchmahal district. It covers 42Kms in circumference. 

Champaner in the foot of Pavagadh is established by King Vanaraj Chavada in memory of his wise minister Champa. Champaner area is declared as protected area by the Archeological Survey of India. Gujarat government has developed Pavagadh as a hill resort because of its scenic beauty and fresh atmosphere. 

The hill of Pavagadh rises from Champaner in three stages. The plateau at an altitude of 1471 ft. is known as the Machi Haveli. State bus service is extended up to Machi. Small hotels and rest houses are available at Machi. Teliya Talav and Dudhia Talav come on top of Machi

Famous temple of Goddess Mahakali is located on the top of hill. Rope-way facility is available from Machi to reach Mahakali Mata's temple at the top. About 250 steps have to be climbed from there to reach the temple. On the roof of the temple is Adanshah Pir Dargah, visited by Muslim devotees. 

Pavagadh is also known as the birth place of Gujarat’s famous musician, Baiju Bawra

Halol and Kaalol near Pavagadh are very good places for tourists. There is also a film studio at Halol.


How to Reach Pavagadh:

By Air :

Nearest airport is in Ahmedabad at 190 kms and in Vadodara at 50kms.

By Rail :

Vadodara is on the Western Railways connecting Ahmedabad to Mumbai. From Vadodara you can reach Pavagadh in state transport buses and private luxury coaches.

By Road :

State transport buses and private luxury coaches are available to reach Pavagadh from various cities of Gujarat.